International Day of Peace ~ September 21, 2010

September 21 is celebrated annually as an International Day of Peace as recognized by the United Nations.

I see the value and necessity of proactively working for peace. Peace Pilgrim is one of my heroes. She walked a pilgrimage that she vowed she would end only when mankind stopped war-making. She walked for some 28 years until – ironically – she died in an automobile accident while being driven to a speaking engagement. 

“One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.” – Peace Pilgrim [quoted in The Little Book of Peace, edited by Patricia J. Chui (2001)]. Little person? Peace Pilgrim was a giant!

A significant percentage of our U.S. national resources are used in the name of “national defense” and war-making capabilities. The United States spends more money on national defense than all other countries combined.

It is time – no, it is past time – that we American citizens evaluate what we have gained from this huge expenditure on national defense and war-making capabilities. We have to examine who benefits from these expenditures and this way of life.

“Peace is healthy for children and other living things.” For years I had this message on a “clingy” on the inside of my passenger side car window.

Peace benefits all.

Today I will pray: “Please help me be at peace so that I may work for peace on behalf of all peoples.”

Please join me in celebrating this International Day of Peace and in working for peace on behalf of all peoples.

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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4 Responses to International Day of Peace ~ September 21, 2010

  1. It is unfortunate, but in order to have peace, we need to be able to defend ourselves and others against aggression and repression.

    Write on!
    Carolyn

  2. Melinda says:

    Hi Andy–what a wonderful post and a good reminder for everyone on the importance of peace. With all the wars and feelings of animosity amongst so many people, we all need to be reminded that ‘blessed are the peacemakers, as they shall be known as the children of God.” And that you are, Andy–

    Take care,

    Melinda(ville)

  3. Carolyn, thank you for your comment.

  4. Melinda, what an extraordinarily kind thing for you to write. Thank you!

    I am a veteran, and I find that I am most interested in peacemaking now.

    Blessings – and peace – to all, Andy

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